The Activists


GET OUT THE VOTE: Pora members at a pre-election rally in Kiev

If the scenes of young people blowing whistles, banging drums and handing out cough drops amid the throng of protesters in Kiev last week looked familiar, they should: student-led mass protests also followed disputed elections in Tbilisi last year and in Belgrade in 2000, and each time the opposition prevailed. At least one group has played a role in all three movements. Serbia's Otpor, or Resistance, the student organization that spearheaded the revolution that ousted Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, sent "trainers" to aid activists who helped unseat Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze in 2003. And earlier this year, the group provided training...

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